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Friday, January 09, 2009
LITEON iHAS422 22x

3. CD error correction tests

This series of tests checks the drive's ability to correct/conceal possible erroneous data after reading artificially scratched / defective audio discs. The test discs used were the ABEX series from ALMEDIO.

Specifically, a software compares two audio files using FFT analysis. The first audio file has been extracted by a normal audio disc. The second one is the result of the extraction of the another disc which hold the same audio track, but it also has specific defects on its surface. The similarity factor of the the two tracks unveils the error correction capabilities of the drive.

The differences between the two compared tracks are translated to a signal (noise) illustrated in the following graphs.

- ABEX TCD-721R

Errors total Num : 1497544
Errors (Loudness) Num : 65702 Avg: -72.7 dB(A) Max :-21.3 dB(A)
Error Muting Num : 4669 Avg : 1.0 Samples Max : 9 Samples
Skips Num : 0 Avg : 0.0 Samples Max : 0 Samples
Total Test Result 76.1 points (of 100.0 maximum)

An average score for the LiteOn drive. There were no skipped samples and the error correction did not start earlier than it should, but the Error Loudness sometimes surpassed the -60 dB(A) border. Noise above that value can sometimes become audible, depending on the music that surrounds it. Thus, we can say that the drive's error hiding feature is mediocre, at least when it comes to reading heavily scrathceddiscs.

- ABEX TCD-726

Errors total Num : 0
Errors (Loudness) Num : 0 Avg : -174.0 dB(A) Max : -174.0 dB(A)
Error Muting Num : 0 Avg : 0.0 Samples Max : 0 Samples
Skips Num : 0 Avg : 0.0 Samples Max : 0 Samples
Total Test Result 100.0 points (of 100.0 maximum)

Pretty good performance here with the specific disc, which has artificial fingerprints and dots on it ssurface.

- CD-Check Audio Test Disc

The CD-Check Test Disc is another tool for evaluating the Sound Reproduction / Error correction capabilities of a CD player. The disc offers a signal combination with disc error patterns to rate the drive's abilities to read music and reproduce it completely. Five tracks on the disc contain a sequence of progressively more difficult tests. These tracks are referred to as Check Level-1 through Check Level-5.

The tracks are reproduced through a software multimedia player (e.g. Windows Media Player). Each level is considered as passed, if the tone is smooth, continuous without interruptions, skipping or looping. The higher the Check Level passed, the more reliable the sound reproduction of the tested drive.

Error Level 1 2 3 4 5
LiteOn iHAS422 5/5 5/5 5/5 0/5 0/5

Playback of the last two tracks (4 and 5) produced audible noise and interruptions. The specific disc is has many severe scratches on its surface, even more than the TCD-721R test disc we used in the previous test. Not exactly a good behavior here.




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